Message from the Director

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Fall 2022

Dear Friends of the Center,

As the new academic year begins, I wanted to welcome you back to LMU.

After an exciting summer traveling in Greece with our study abroad Odyssey program, we are all recharged and energized for the year ahead.

The Center offers 6 courses this fall, all open to the community through the Extension program. Due to many requests, all levels of our language and culture courses (elementary, intermediate, and advanced conversation) are now offered online for our Extension students.

This year we are thrilled to resume our lecture series and events both in-person and online as we continue our partnerships with local community organizations such as the Greek Heritage Society, the Hellenic Library of Southern California, the American-Hellenic Council, and the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival under the support of the Greek Embassy in D.C. and the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles. We warmly welcome our new Consul General, the Honorable Ioannis Stamatekos, and we are looking forward to working with him and the Consulate team on upcoming events.

We are especially looking forward to celebrating the 37th anniversary of Greek Heritage Society of Southern California whose efforts to preserve the rich culture, heritage, and traditions of Greek immigrants in Southern California go back to the early days of the Caloyeras Center as both organizations grew together.

The Center is also very proud to support Greek-American playwright Maria Cominis whose play The Women of Zalongo has been recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts (2022). We are looking forward to bringing Maria’s play on stage in March.

Last but not least, we are delighted to bring back in person the Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture and Recognition Award that brings to LMU outstanding individuals in the fields of art, culture, science, and public life relevant to the ongoing work of the Caloyeras Center. This year’s recipient is her Excellency, the Ambassador of Greece to the US, Alexandra Papadopoulou.

For more information about our events, visit our calendar and events page.

In closing, the Center would like to thank the many friends who over the past few months have generously supported the Demetrios Liappas Legacy Fund honoring Demetrios’ many contributions to the university and our community.

I would like to recognize Hope Berk, George and Cleola Gavalas, as well as Rosalind F. Halikis for their leadership gifts to the fund as well as their continued support.

In the next months, we hope we can count on your support to reach our target goal of raising $1 million to seed this endowment in perpetuity. The fund will provide support for a much-needed professorship for the Caloyeras Center. This position will allow the Center to support its multidisciplinary programmatic offerings and provide our students the opportunity to expand their knowledge about Greece in a number of new academic perspectives. I hope you will consider making a gift.

Visit our website to find out more about our academic program, students, events, and our endowment campaign. I am happy to discuss the Center's plans in more detail, should you have any questions.

I am looking forward to welcoming you back to our campus!

With deep gratitude for your support.

Warm regards,

Christina Bogdanou, Ph.D.

Director